Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy 10th Birthday Kiah Hope RuiQing!!!


My baby girl is 10 years old?!? How did that happen? And how has she been home with us almost 9 years? Seems like just yesterday that I met her for the first time in the airport but also feels like she has been a part of my family forever. Miss Kiah turned 10 today. She was pretty excited about bringing brownies to her class and telling everyone that she is “double digits” now. : )  She also proceeded to tell me this morning that she will be a teenager in 3 years. Don’t even want to think about that one.

Kiah also told me this morning that she doesn’t know what time she was born. This is true. However, the other reality is that we don’t know when her actual birthday is. Maybe it’s February 23rd, but she was abandoned on April 9th at about 6 weeks of age and they “estimated” her birthday to be February 23, 2001. Another piece of Kiah’s past that we will never know.

We are so blessed to have this precious little girl as part of our family and we have never been the same. However, I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about her birth mom today. She has no idea where her little girl is. She doesn’t know that she is blossoming and has the love of her forever family. That she is a beautiful little girl now who has the most compassionate heart. I’ve been praying today that Kiah’s birth mom would have peace in her heart. Peace in knowing that her little girl is okay and loved by many. That she is exactly where she is supposed to be.

Happy 10th Birthday sweet girl. I love you so much! Here are a few pictures from over the years:



Kiah’s “referral” picture we received on 4/8/02. She was about 9 months of age.


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                                                             May 2006


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                                   Not quite sure about this picture, I think she was about 3


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                                                                June 2005 (4 yrs. old)


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                                                           July 2005 (4 yrs. old)



                            Flower girl in Seth & Cindy’s wedding: August 2006 (5 yrs. old)


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          You’d never know she is from SOUTHERN China!  January 2006 (4 yrs. old)


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                                                               August 2005 (4 yrs. old)



Our little swimmer – November 2009 (8 yrs. old)



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